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NORTON, VA – Jeffery Lyn Absher, 60, died Monday, November 19, 2018, at his residence. He was an avid outdoorsman. He was a graduate of J.I. Burton High School. He was preceded in death by his parents, Barney and Hazel Absher; five brothers, Freddy, Donnie, Randall, Roy and Carl Absher; three sisters-in-law, Nancy Absher, Sharon Absher and Monica Jones Richardson; and his mother-in-law, Louise Richardson.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Jo Ella Absher of Norton, Va.; five brothers, Bill Absher and his wife Margaret of Bristol, Va., Barney Absher of Kingsport, Tn., Steve Absher and his wife Janice of Gate City, Va., Alfred Absher and his wife Sue of Kingsport, Tn. and Ronnie Absher and his wife Denise of Jasper, Va.; three sisters, Mable Absher, Kathy Absher and Joyce Fields all of Norton, Va.; several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm Friday, November 23, 2018, at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton. Funeral services will be conducted at 7 pm in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Carrol Childress officiating. Graveside committal services will be conducted at 11 am Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Laurel Grove Cemetery in Norton. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:30 am to travel in procession to the cemetery.
NORTON, VA – Charlene Jones, 81, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Wise, Va. She was a former employee at Wise Primary School. She was a member of the First Apostolic Faith Church of God in Norton, Va. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lora E. Jones and Robert Paul Jones; two brothers, Paul Jones and his wife Helen, Glenn Jones and his wife Jeanette; special nephews, James “Buddy” Gardner and David Jones; a sister-in-law, Connie Jones; and wo brothers-in-law, Jasper Maxey and Burl Gardner.
She is survived by her sisters, Betty D. Jones, Charlotte I. Gardner, both of Norton, Va., Janice Maxey of Bristol, Tn.; two brothers, Lloyd Jones, Jerry Jones and his wife, Barbara, all of Wise, Va.; several nieces and nephews including a special niece, Lisa Gardner Owens of Norton, Va.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm Sunday, November 18, 2018, at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton. Funeral services will be conducted at 7 pm in the funeral home chapel with Pastor John McCarroll officiating. Graveside committal services will be conducted at 11 am Monday, November 19, 2018, at Laurel Grove Cemetery in Norton. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:30 am to travel in procession to the cemetery.
NANCY SCOTT JONES
NORTON, VA - Nancy Scott Jones passed peacefully Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 at Oakmont at Gordon Park in Bristol, VA. Her family surrounded her with love while each amazing care giver at Oakmont took his/her time to truly love on her and say goodbye in each one?s individual way. The finest of care was always provided by these dedicated individuals and Nancy?s family is forever grateful.
Nancy was born in Pardee, VA on April 21, 1937 to Roy E Scott and Gusteva Wallen Scott. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Milford “Scotty” Scott, sister Dovie Scott Muncy Sowards, infant brother Bobby Lee Scott, niece Monica Scott and great niece Taylor Scott.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Bill Jones, daughters Gena Prince (Bill) and Beverly McGee (Matt), grandchildren Will Prince (Stacy), Andrew Prince (Nora) and Erin Nolin Baker (Randle) and great grandchildren Alexis and Emma. She is also survived by her sister-in-la"w, Cacilia Scott; niece, Teresa Sellers and nephews Russell Muncy (Linda Sue), Steve Muncy (Debby), Herb Scott and Joe Scott and several great nieces and nephews.
Nancy held many leadership positions in SWVA. She was the manager of the Mountain Empire Credit Bureau, Vice President of Appalachian Traditions, and she also served on the tourism committee of the Wise County Chamber of Commerce. She often led her fellow committee members in the Beta Sigma Phi sorority, the Doc Boggs Festival, the Crooked Road; Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail and the Heart of Appalachia while raising a family and working at least a couple of jobs at a time.
Nancy was best known for her musical talents and her innate ability to entertain family and friends. One of the famous family stories includes her, at age 5, learning to play her father?s guitar while it was hanging on the wall. She wasn?t allowed to touch it for fear of carelessness, so she learned to play it while it hung on the wall. This was merely a glimpse into her grit, determination and stubbornness when it came to music. When her dad realized her talent, he hand-made her a small guitar, so that by age six she was singing and playing in church with her sister, Dovie, and her cousins Ruble, Lou, Betty and Judy Donnells.
Music became and remained the foundation for the rest of her life, and she even met her husband at church where he saw her playing and performing. He asked her to teach him how to play his favorite song at the time, “I Overlooked an Orchid While Searching for a Rose”, so he could spend time with her and get to know her better. She played acoustic guitar, bass guitar and piano, but her true love was singing. She sang lead well, but she was even better at grabbing a harmony part with anyone, anytime.
Nancy and Bill performed locally as “The Mountainaires” and as “BJ and Nan and The American Brand” for decades. They also performed as a duo all over the southeastern United States for more than fifty years. While recording in Nashville in the early 70?s, Nancy had a national “Pick of the Month” recording, “Vengeance is Mine”, which Bill wrote for her. Nancy was also a songwriter who sang harmonies both live and in the studio for various country and gospel artists.
A celebration of life is planned at The Country Cabin in Norton, Va, Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 PM where the family will receive friends and share refreshments. The family also welcomes friends to speak or tell stories on Nancy?s behalf. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the Alzheimer?s Association.
Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home is serving the Jones family.
NELLIE SCOTT JONES
NORTON, VA – Nellie Scott Jones, 88, died Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at her home in Norton. She was a retired LPN at Norton Community Hospital. Born to the late Enoch and Junie Mae Neal Scott, she was the last of her generation of 13 children that included: Roy Scott, Cora Matthews, Geneva Thompson, Allie, and “Little Earl”. A son, Charles Edward Mickles, a granddaughter, Tiffany Rose Mickles, and great grandson, Skylor Mickles also preceded her in death
Surviving her are her three children: John Henry Mickles, Sneedville, TN, Darlene Mickles and Regina (Virgil) Mickles both of Norton; 16 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and her special friends: Kathleen Boggs and Janice Burton.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM Friday at the Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton. The Reverend Darrell Bolling will conduct her funeral service at 1 PM Saturday in the funeral home chapel.